UPSC Civil Services (Prelims) 2016 question paper analysis

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducted the Civil Services (preliminary) examination on August 7, 2016, consisting of two papers. Out of a total of 11 lakh aspirants who registered to take the exams this year, only around 6 lakh candidates took the exams (55% attendance).

A detailed analysis of the question paper is given in the table below:

Detailed analysis is given in the table given below:

A B C
  
Topics  
  
No. Of Questions  
  
1  
  
Science & Tech  
  
8  
  
2  
  
History, Art and Culture  
  
14  
  
3  
  
Indian Polity  
  
7  
  
4  
  
Geography  
  
7  
  
5  
  
Indian Economy  
  
19  
  
6  
  
Ecology & Environment  
  
18  
  
7  
  
Current Affairs  
  
27  
  
TOTAL  
  
100  

Conventional subjects like Indian Polity, Indian History and Geography had very less questions this year, even when compared to the previous year.

About 50 questions were asked on contemporary issues. Even in the science and technology section, the focus was on current topics related to the subject. The overall difficulty of the paper was low. The current paper pattern is a clear indication for candidates to focus more on contemporary issues for their UPSC IAS Mains 2016 exam.

On the basis of the same, the expected cut-off can be as follows:

General/Open Category: 105 – 110

OBC: 100 – 105

SC: 95 – 100

ST: 90 – 95

To check question paper review by ALS IAS academy, click here.

For Paper 1 and Paper 2 answer key, click here.

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